Yeah right. Each one of these things is probably produced for $3 a piece by Chinese children and like nearly everything else these days made in China it will be made from the cheapest, substitute grade materials the Earth has to offer.
So you think Nintendo is making $57 in pure profit on every unit sold? If it costs the Chinese children an extra 50 cents in parts, you can bet that's going to be reflected in a substantial increase in price when it comes down the line.
Also, Nintendo has to support
this thing after they sell it. They're not going to go for the lowest bidder if that means they're going to have to fix or replace 10% of the units under warranty, especially if it means taking a hit to their reputation. Adding complexity makes it all the more likely that a unit will fail.
Because it's simple. This is a stand alone device that has no place to grow. If it was a device that you could buy more games and accessories for then that's more stuff to sell and longer that it will likely have a place in the market.
The people who want more games – even NES games – probably already own a Wii or a Wii U or a 3DS. Or they know well enough to get some emulator and download ROMs from the Internet. Or they already have a RetroN or Messiah or something. More stuff to sell just means more SKUs to keep and less room for other, more profitable products on the shelves.
And besides! Any kind of expansion port would probably be hacked before too long, and then suddenly there goes the supposed profits they would reap from any of those fancy new expansions and so on. Any kind of efforts expended on making it less hackable just means more money invested in R&D, and still more complex things that can go wrong. Perhaps you'd like the unit to provide that authentic blinking-screen NES sensation?
There's hundreds of games for the NES and we all know that Nintendo isn't above reselling us the same crap over and over again. The least they can do is make it worth it.
I'm sure even they know that they can only "resell the same crap" so many times before no one feels like buying it anymore.
I just think it's pitiful that if someone wants to properly play NES games on an HD TV (the only kind that are still being produced) they have to either mod their console or be limited to the very small selection that Nintendo chooses to offer.
What makes you think this would be any more "proper" than an emulator or a clone system if they just added an expansion port?
There were hundreds of games released for the NES and probably 50-70 that are actually worth playing.
Yes, and this has thirty of them. Heck, if it really takes off they could probably sell a second non-expandable unit containing the other 20-40 games that are actually worth playing, and people would still buy it.
I mean, they've been in the console business for almost as long as I have been alive.
And yet, you still seem completely convinced that they have no idea what they're doing!